Can't get a Catholic exorcism in Kansas City? James Vivian is here to help 

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Vivian never charges for an exorcism, and he's not charging anyone here to learn how to perform one. He lives off Social Security.

They're sitting at three tables arranged in a horseshoe, leaving space for Vivian to work in the center of the room.

On a large television screen in the front of the room, Vivian plays videos of Larson expelling demons.

In one video, a Satanist throws up a devil's-horn sign before Larson forces her to say she loves Jesus, then she acts like she has no idea how she got there. In another, a woman is identified as being possessed by a snake demon after flicking out her tongue like a bratty child.

There are specific steps when doing this work, and after 500 exorcisms, Vivian still won't do an exorcism without a worksheet in front of him to make sure he doesn't get lost. First, he has to take the case history so he knows how the devil got inside the person. Even an innocent person might have a great-uncle who performed a blood sacrifice and cursed the family. Then Vivian has to get the subject to renounce curses and sins. He cuts off witchcraft ties by using his Bible as a sword. Finally, Vivian tells the demon to come out and confront him so that he can make it admit it has no legal claim to be there and get it to leave.

Wanting the students to practice on him, Vivian pretends to be possessed.

Linda tries and fumbles through her lines, losing her place on the worksheet when Vivian's demonic character challenges her. He's a patient teacher, though.

"Just don't get drawn into a conversation with it," he tells her. "That's the biggest mistake you can make."

After Linda finishes, she asks if he'll examine her. Two weeks ago, she admits, she went to see a fortune-teller. She knew it was a mistake, but she got a reading anyway. There are things she did when she was young that could be considered invitations, too. She had a bad cocaine habit at one point and spent some time in prison after she was caught transporting drugs.

Vivian is seated across from her with his hands on her legs. He's staring into her face with an angry look.

"I can see it swimming around in there," he says. "We can't deal with it all today, but we can do some things now."

He has her renounce curses and pledge herself to Jesus.

Around them, the others are holding up their hands, palms to heaven, muttering prayers that become indistinguishable as words overlap.

"Who are you?" Vivian asks. "Come up and face me! Come up and face me!"

Linda is silent.

Vivian makes her stand with him and motions for Mario to get behind her. Vivian's prayers are gibberish now — "Jesus Christ shi tah! Rah be no! In Jesus' name!"

He puts his hand on her head and tells the demons to leave. She starts to slide to the floor, but Mario catches her and sets her down gently.

Mario starts to say something, but Vivian spins around and slaps him across the face.

The boxer falls onto his back and stays there, still and silent, eyes shut.

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